PERSIAN GULF: An Answer for Tehran

The U.S. responds to Iran's hostage demands as a stalled war drags on

"It's up to the Iranians." So said a visibly saddened President Carter last week at an impromptu press conference at the White House. It was his discouraging answer to a question about whether Tehran had reacted to a formal U.S. response to Iranian conditions for releasing the 52 American hostages. Two days earlier, a U.S. delegation, led by Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher, had flown to Algiers with a carefully formulated written statement of the American position. Acting as go-betweens, Algerian officials received the document...

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